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Daniel G Couch, Henry Maudslay, Brett Doleman, Jonathan N Lund, Saoirse E O'Sullivan
Background: Clinical trials investigating the use of cannabinoid drugs for the treatment of intestinal inflammation are anticipated secondary to preclinical literature demonstrating efficacy in reducing inflammation. Methods: We systematically reviewed publications on the benefit of drugs targeting the endo-cannabinoid system in intestinal inflammation. We collated studies examining outcomes for meta-analysis from EMBASE, MEDLINE and Pubmed until March 2017. Quality was assessed according to mSTAIR and SRYCLE score...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Joan Webster, Sarah Northfield, Emily N Larsen, Nicole Marsh, Claire M Rickard, Raymond J Chan
INTRODUCTION: Many patients are discharged from hospital with a peripherally inserted central catheter in place. Monitoring the peripherally inserted central catheter insertion site for clinical and research purposes is important for identifying complications, but the extent to which patients can reliably report the condition of their catheter insertion site is uncertain. The aim of this study was to assess the inter-observer agreement between nurses and patients when assessing a peripherally inserted central catheter site...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Likun Cui, Yanshuo Han, Shuai Zhang, Xun Liu, Jian Zhang
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: A meta-analysis of recently published randomised controlled trials (RCTs) was performed to evaluate the safety of carotid artery stenting (CAS) versus carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for asymptomatic carotid stenosis with average risk. METHODS: The MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases were systematically searched for RCTs that compared CAS with CEA for asymptomatic carotid stenosis. These publications reported clinical outcomes after revascularisation in patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis during their primary intervention...
March 17, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Hans W Voß, Andreas Michalsen, Rainer Brünjes
BACKGROUND: A randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial in children suffering from acute dry cough was performed to assess the efficacy and tolerability of a complex homeopathic drug (Drosera, Coccus cacti, Cuprum Sulfuricum, Ipecacuanha=Monapax syrup, short: verum). METHODS: 89 children received verum and 91 received placebo daily for 7 days (age groups 0.5-3, 4-7 and 8-12 years). The primary efficacy variable was the improvement of the Cough Assessment Score...
March 20, 2018: Drug Research
Chun-De Liao, Jau-Yih Tsauo, Hung-Chou Chen, Tsan-Hon Liou
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), including radial shock wave (RaSW) and focused shock wave (FoSW) types, is widely used for managing tendinopathies. The difference in efficacy between the 2 shock wave characteristics with different dosage levels remains controversial, and the purpose of this meta-analysis was to examine it for patients with lower extremity (LE) tendinopathy. DESIGN: A comprehensive search of online databases and search engines was performed...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Paul P Walker, Pasquale P Pompilio, Paolo Zanaboni, Trine S Bergmo, Kaiu Prikk, Andrei Malinovschi, Josep M Montserrat, Jo Middlemass, Silvana Šonc, Giulia Munaro, Dorjan Marušič, Ruth Sepper, Roberto Rosso, A Niroshan Siriwardena, Christer Janson, Ramon Farre, Peter M A Calverley, Raffaele L Dellaca'
RATIONALE: Early detection of COPD exacerbations using tele-monitoring of physiological variables might reduce the frequency of hospitalisation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of home monitoring of lung mechanics by the forced oscillation technique (FOT) and cardiac parameters in older COPD patients with co-morbidities. METHODS: This multicentre, randomized clinical trial recruited 312 GOLD grade II-IV COPD patients (median age 71 years [IQR:66-76], 49...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Marco Esposito, Daniele Cardaropoli, Luca Gobbato, Fabio Scutellà, Andrea Fabianelli, Saverio Mascellani, Gianluca Delli Ficorelli, Fabio Mazzocco, Luca Sbricoli, Anna Trullenque-Eriksson
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether there are aesthetic and clinical benefits to using a newly designed abutment (Curvomax), over a conventional control abutment (GingiHue). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 49 patients, who required at least two implants, had two sites randomised according to a split-mouth design to receive one abutment of each type at seven different centres. The time of loading (immediate, early or delayed) and of prosthesis (provisional crowns of fixed prosthesis) was decided by the clinicians, but they had to restore both implants in a similar way...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Miltiadis Mitsias, Konstantinos Siormpas, Valeria Pistilli, Anna Trullenque-Eriksson, Marco Esposito
PURPOSE: To compare the clinical outcome of single, partial and complete fixed implant supported prostheses immediately loaded (within 48 h), early loaded at 6 weeks, and conventionally loaded at 3 months (delayed loading). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 54 patients (18 requiring single implants, 18 partial fixed prostheses, and 18 total fixed cross-arch prostheses) were randomised in equal numbers at two private practices to immediate loading (18 patients), early loading (18 patients), and conventional loading (18 patients) according to a parallel group design with three arms...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Marco Esposito, Rubén Davó, Carlos Marti-Pages, Ada Ferrer-Fuertes, Carlo Barausse, Roberto Pistilli, Daniela Rita Ippolito, Pietro Felice
PURPOSE: To compare the clinical outcome of immediately loaded cross-arch maxillary prostheses supported by zygomatic implants vs conventional implants placed in augmented bone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 71 edentulous patients with severely atrophic maxillas, who did not have sufficient bone volume to place dental implants or when it was possible to place only two implants in the front area (minimal diameter 3.5 mm and length of 8 mm) and less than 4.0 mm of bone height subantrally, were randomised according to a parallel group design...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Samuel James Alexander Dobson, Kanna Mannadiar Jayaprakasan
We conducted a retrospective review into the role of commonly prescribed conventional adjuvant treatments in improving live birth rates after recurrent miscarriage (RM). Data from 301 couples attending the RM clinic in two Tertiary teaching hospitals were analysed with their live birth rate following a further pregnancy and a prevalence of conditions investigated in RM being the main outcomes measured. We found that 26% of women had explained RM and 74% had unexplained RM. Adjuvant versus conservative management did not improve the live birth rates in those with unexplained RM (68...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Shruti Shambhavi, Rashmi Bagga, Pallavi Bansal, Jasvinder Kalra, Praveen Kumar
For prevention of a recurrent preterm birth (PTB), intramuscular 17-α-hydroxy progesterone caproate (IM 17 OHPC) weekly is recommended. Vaginal progesterone is preferred for women at risk for PTB due to a short cervical length, but may be useful in women with a prior PTB. However, there is no consensus about the optimal vaginal formulation or its efficacy as compared to 17 OHPC to prevent recurrent PTB. We randomised 100 women with a singleton pregnancy between 16 and 24 weeks of gestation and ≥ one prior spontaneous PTB, of a singleton (>16 to <37 weeks of gestation) to receive the 200 mg vaginal progesterone effervescent tablet daily (Group A) or IM 17-OHPC, 250 mg weekly (Group B) till 37 weeks of gestation or delivery...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Chau Le Bao Ho, Monique Breslin, Jenny Doust, Christopher M Reid, Mark R Nelson
OBJECTIVES: In many current guidelines, blood pressure (BP)-lowering drug treatment for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is based on absolute risk. However, in clinical practice, therapeutic decisions are often based on BP levels alone. We sought to investigate which approach was superior by conducting a post hoc analysis of the Australian National Blood Pressure (ANBP) cohort, a seminal study establishing the efficacy of BP lowering in 'mild hypertensive' persons. DESIGN: A post hoc subgroup analysis of the ANBP trial results by baseline absolute risk tertile...
March 19, 2018: BMJ Open
Aline Fuchs, Verena Gotta, Marie-Luise, Gabor Szinnai, Philipp Baumann, Jan Bonhoeffer, Nicole Ritz
OBJECTIVE: Standard inflammatory markers and chest radiography lack the ability to discriminate bacterial from non-bacterial lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI). Cytokine profiles may serve as biomarkers for LRTI, but their applicability to identify aetiology, severity of disease and need for antibiotic prescription in children remains poorly defined. Objectives were to determine the cytokine kinetic profiles over five days in paediatric patients with LRTI, to investigate the relationship between cytokine patterns, and clinical and laboratory variables...
March 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Chih-Hsing Wu, Shih-Te Tu, Yin-Fan Chang, Ding-Cheng Chan, Jui-Teng Chien, Chih-Hsueh Lin, Sonal Singh, Manikanta Dasari, Jung-Fu Chen, Keh-Sung Tsai
OBJECTIVES: This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluated the outcomes of patients with osteoporosis-related fractures managed through fracture liaison services (FLS) programs. METHODS: Medline, PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were searched (January 2000-February 2017 inclusive) using the keywords 'osteoporosis,' 'fractures,' 'liaison,' and 'service' to identify randomised controlled trials and observational studies of patients aged ≥50 years with osteoporosis-related fractures in hospital, clinic, community, or home-based settings who were managed using FLS...
March 16, 2018: Bone
Anna Köchling, Christin Löffler, Stefan Reinsch, Anne Hornung, Femke Böhmer, Attila Altiner, Jean-François Chenot
BACKGROUND: Although most respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are due to viral infections, they cause the majority of antibiotic (Abx) prescriptions in primary care. This systematic review summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions in primary care aiming to reduce Abx prescriptions in patients ≥ 13 years for acute RTI. METHODS: We searched the databases "MEDLINE/PubMed" and "Cochrane Library" for the period from January 1, 2005, to August 31, 2016, for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in primary care aiming at the reduction of Abx prescriptions for patients suffering from RTI...
March 20, 2018: Implementation Science: IS
Adrian L Lopresti, Hemant Gupta, Stephen J Smith
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a poly-herbal formulation, Herbagut, for the treatment of gastrointestinal symptoms and its effect on quality of life parameters in patients presenting with self-reported, unsatisfactory bowel habits. METHODS: This was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Fifty adults with self-reported unsatisfactory bowel habits, primarily characterised by chronic constipation were randomly allocated to take Herbagut or a matching placebo for 28 days...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Afsaneh Shakeri, Mohammad Hashem Hashempur, Mahdieh Mojibian, Fatemeh Aliasl, Soodabeh Bioos, Fatemeh Nejatbakhsh
Quince (Cydonia oblonga Mill) is a popular medicinal herb in different traditional medicines. Concentrated quince fruit extract, also known as quince sauce (QS), is traditionally used for the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of QS versus ranitidine on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in pregnant women. We compared the efficacy of 4 weeks of ranitidine (150 mg, twice daily) with the efficacy of QS (10 mg, after meals) on 137 pregnant women with GERD...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Nafiseh Saghafi, Maryam Karjalian, Masumeh Ghazanfarpour, Imaneh Khorsand, Hassan Rakhshandeh, Masumeh Mirteimouri, Masoudeh Babakhanian, Talat Khadivzadeh, Mohammad Javad Najafzadeh, Ahmad Ghorbani, Leila Pourali, Sara Bahman
The goal of this study was to compare the effect of Anethum graveolens (dill) vaginal suppositories and 100 mg clotrimazole vaginal tablets on vulvovaginal Candidiasis. This study was a single centre, single-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, in which 60 women with microbiology-confirmed vulvovaginal candidiasis were randomly assigned to dill and clotrimazole groups. At the end of the study, the estimated prevalence of leucorrhoea, burning, and itching was 23%, 23% and 20% in dill users, respectively...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Axel Pressler, Leonie Förschner, Jana Hummel, Bernhard Haller, Jeffrey W Christle, Martin Halle
Background Increased exercise capacity favourably influences clinical outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve implantation. In our SPORT:TAVI randomised pilot trial, eight weeks of endurance and resistance training (training group, TG) shortly after transcatheter aortic valve implantation resulted in significantly improved exercise capacity, muscular strength and quality of life compared to usual care (UC). However, the long-term clinical benefits of such an intervention are unknown. Design A randomised controlled trial...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Irina Tammenmaa-Aho, Rosie Asher, Karla Soares-Weiser, Hanna Bergman
BACKGROUND: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) remains a troublesome adverse effect of conventional antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medication. It has been proposed that TD could have a component of central cholinergic deficiency. Cholinergic drugs have been used to treat TD. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of cholinergic drugs (arecoline, choline, deanol, lecithin, meclofenoxate, physostigmine, RS 86, tacrine, metoxytacrine, galantamine, ipidacrine, donepezil, rivastigmine, eptastigmine, metrifonate, xanomeline, cevimeline) for treating antipsychotic-induced TD in people with schizophrenia or other chronic mental illness...
March 19, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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